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Checkout Specific Directory Within Git Repo

I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, incredibly merciful.

— John Ruskin.

One day I was working on a driver port to macOS (Apple Macintosh OS) and the only opensource code for it can be found on Linux kernel.

Heck! The Linux kernel repository is around 2GB including all history and I only needed a specific directory inside the repository. After searching the whole internet I found an answer1.

Here are the steps to clone a specific directory from a git repository:

  1. First and foremost you need to create a local blank repository on your workstation. git init <repo-url>
  2. Inside the created bare repository, map the remote URL of the remote repository you want to clone. cd <repo-name> git remote add origin <remote-repo-url>
  3. Then, setup the git config and specify that you’ll be doing a sparse checkout. git config core.sparsecheckout true
  4. Create and add all the directories you want to checkout in the sparse-checkout file that can be found in .git/info/sparse-checkout. echo "<needed-directory>/*" >> .git/info/sparse-checkout
  5. When all the above steps is done, finally pull the repository objects. git pull --depth=1 origin master

So guys if you have any questions? hit me up on my social media accounts. That’s all there is that is needed. Now its already cloned and can now be worked on.

❌ Originally posted on August 5, 2019.

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/a/28039894 ↩︎

Check Total File Size of Files with Specific File Extension

Posted on by Edward Fitz

It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.

— Tove Jansson in Fair Play.

Recently, I wondered on how to check the file size of all files with a specific file extension on a folder / project. This is what I’ve found out after several experimentation using command line tools in Linux, this specific task could be accomplish with just one line of command. Check below for the actual command:

find . -name "*.dart" | xargs cat | wc -c

What this command does, is first find all file with the dart extension. Then pipe the output of that command in xargs converts the standard input to command arguments. After that pipe the output of xargs again to our favorite word counter wc.

Here are the command line tools use in the process.

  • xargs is a command on Unix and most Unix-like operating systems used to build and execute commands from standard input. It converts input from standard input into arguments to a command. Some commands such as grep and awk can take input either as command-line arguments or from the standard input. Wikipedia
  • find is a command-line utility that locates files based on some user-specified criteria and then applies some requested action on each matched object. Wikipedia
  • wc is a command in Unix and Unix-like operating systems. The program reads either standard input or a list of files and generates one or more of the following statistics: newline count, word count, and byte count. If a list of files is provided, both individual file and total statistics follow. Wikipedia

That’s it!

So guys, do you have any one-liner commands that you want to share? Just message me on my social media accounts. Hope you guys enjoyed this article!

DevOps Series – Multiple AWS CLI Accounts

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

— Zig Ziglar.

As a Dev Ops, I handle multiple project all at once. One problem I encountered is managing multiple AWS accounts for different startups. So how to handle multiple AWS account?


Before you start doing this, I assume you already know basic command line interface whether its for Windows or from *Nix (Linux, macOS, Unix) derivatives. And also you must have a python interpreter with at least version 3 above.

Multiple, Multiple to the Nth

First, if you haven’t got the AWS CLI (Command Line Interface) install it using the command pip install --upgrade --user awscli. The command will install the awscli package in your local python dist directory.

And now we begin.

You’ll need to generate first your AWS keys and secret access key. Here are the steps.

  • Go to IAM Console
  • Go to Users in the navigation pane and select your IAM username.
  • Select Security credentials and choose Create access key.

Then, after that we will need to configure our AWS using aws configure --profile <your-profile-name>.

aws configure --profile my-profile-name

This command will need some more input from you like your AWS Key, AWS Secret, AWS Account Region and the default output format which would be JSON or TEXT.

If everything is setup properly, we will proceed with running a some sample commands. Also in order for you to use the configured AWS profile, you must always append at the end of your AWS command the --profile <your-profile-name>.

aws configure --profile my-profile-name

Or if you can and will be using it always, export an environment variable AWS_PROFILE containing the profile name like export AWS_PROFILE=<your-profile-name>.

export AWS_PROFILE=my-profile-name

And cheers, you can now use multiple credentials through AWS CLI.


Hi guys a quick tip from me: sometimes, having multiple projects can cause headaches. So as a reminder, always focus and finish one project first before you move to other projects. Stay tuned for more blog updates and series.